The Tiger's Tail

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Liam O'Leary (Brendan Gleeson) is a prosperous real estate tycoon who lives in Dublin with his wife, Jane (Kim Cattrall). Hoping to bring his profits and his career to new heights, Liam takes out a large bank loan with the prospect of building a new stadium. But, when his request for development is turned down by the city, his life stumbles into a downward spiral. More disturbing than his crippled assets is his mysterious double whom he keeps seeing around town.

Cast & Crew

Brendan Gleeson
Liam, His Double
Brian Gleeson
Connor
Ciarán Hinds
Father Andy
Sean McGinley
Declan Murray
Denis Conway
Bertie Brennan
John Boorman
Screenwriter
Seamus Deasy
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Stephen McKeon
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Maeve Paterson
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Critic Reviews for The Tiger's Tail

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Audience Reviews for The Tiger's Tail

  • Jun 28, 2010
    "The Tiger's Tail" starts in the middle of a massive traffic jam that has Liam O'Leary(Brendan Gleeson, great in a dual role) who is on his way to accept an award. This is happening just as his bid was denied to build a soccer stadium and as he is possibly losing his mind when he spots a mirror image of himself walking in the road. He turns out to be real when he accosts Liam in a bathroom, giving some unnerving news that sends him first to his mother(Moira Deady) and then to his older sister Oona(Sinead Cusack) who in reality gave birth to him when she was 15 in London where she left behind his twin. "The Tiger's Tail" is a daft concoction with possibly the mother of all midlife crises that while unpredictable does also tend to rely on the odd contrivance to keep the story moving. As grounded as the movie is, it might also have been interesting if it had taken a supernatural approach. What it is concerned with is identity in a country where there is a huge disparity between rich and poor, like everywhere else. Since this is Ireland, the subject of the divided country lies just beneath the surface. As far as the divided man goes, the double thinks Liam's life could have been his but then Liam is pretty much a self made man.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 12, 2009
    john boorman teams up again with brendan gleeson, as a wealthy dublin businessman,who starts to see a double of him self, events take a turn for the worse, when said double, doestake over his life, leaving him, trying to prove himself, with questions to be answered. gleeson is great to watch, and the story runs along nicely, with some great moments of drama
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Feb 10, 2009
    I got really into this movie, even though it wasn't that great. Go figure. I got really annoyed at the doppelganger. :P
    meril l Super Reviewer

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